I have made so many beginner level resin projects this Christmas because (let’s face it) it’s been a hard year. And sometimes you just want a simple, easy, gorgeous at the end project. Something you don’t have to stress over, that’s fun to make and turns out a-m-a-zing.
Like these cute little resin presents that I put on my Christmas tablescape, or the resin Christmas trees that are right at home in my mercury glass tree forest… or even better the Christmas Light Bulbs that I used for super cute gift wrap.
Out of allllll my super fun, super easy, resin Christmas projects these little snowflake ornaments were probably the best of the bunch. They’re easy to make, they cure fast and the molds are the bomb… they leave these little snowflakes with the shiniest surface! Which means these little snowflakes shine and reflect light like little crystals on your Christmas tree.
And to think I almost didn’t make them since I made similar shrinky-dink snowflakes last year! The shrinky-dink snowflakes are super cute but they’re definitely smaller (which is perfect on my small flocked tree) but these resin snowflakes are much better for my full sized Christmas tree in the living room and they go perfectly with the iridescent hummingbird ornaments I made last week!
It’s all relative my friends.
Ready to get started?
- Amazing Clear Cast Resin
- Respirator/Mask (resin graded filters)
- Wagner HT400 Heat Gun
- Freezer Paper
- Silicone Mat
- Silicone Mixing Stick
- Small Mixing Cups
- Silicone Measuring Cup/Larger Mixing Cups
- Reusable Silicone Stir Sticks
- White Craft Paint
- Hot Pink Craft Paint
- Blush Craft Paint
- Copper Oil Based Paint
- Snowflake Silicone Mold
- Long Ornament Hooks
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Easy Resin Snowflake Tutorial
Step 1: Mix your Resin
Alright y’all I’ll be honest… after making so many big projects it was strange to mix resin in my little cups! I usually keep small molds around when I’m doing larger projects (like this adorable freestanding we wish you a merry Christmas piece… or even this resin Christmas wreath I made for the front door) so that I don’t have to waste left over resin. I just pour it into my smaller mold.
In fact… you might notice that the photo of me mixing this pink resin is from a different project. My little resin Christmas tree project! Way to kill two birds with one stone.
BUT I wanted four sets of snowflakes: blush, hot pink, white and copper. So while I made plenty with the left overs of larger projects I did mix a few smaller cups of resin specifically for these snowflakes!
It was refreshing.
In this case about 80ml was enough resin to fill all 3 large snowflakes and all 3 medium snowflakes.. and while the molds have 3 sizes I decided not to use the smallest size since it didn’t have a pre-drilled hole and was so small it would have been lost on the tree anyways. Don’t worry… I’ll use the small ones for something in the future!
Bonus Tip: If you’ve never mixed resin before it’s not nearly as intimidating as you’d think! I’ll walk you through all the steps here in my How to Mix Resin for Beginners Tutorial.
Step 2: Pour your Resin
Or in this case… spoon your resin into the molds with your stir stick? When it comes to molds with lots of little angles and small spaces you want to be super careful not to get a bunch of bubbles.
So instead of pouring my resin in I like to keep complete control and use my stir stick instead. I simply spoon a little bit of resin into the mold, making sure to pour it off my stir stick high enough that it enters the mold in a thin stream.
It’s a little tedious but so much easier then fishing all those bubbles out of the mold! Plus it will help you not to overfill the molds and make a mess with the resin (which I may or may not do when pouring resin right from the cup!).
Make sure that the resin fills in each and every bit of the mold, paying special attention to the loop at the top of the snowflake that will become your pre-drilled ornament hook.
Step 3: Pop those Bubbles
Alright y’all… even with all of our precautions there are always bubbles to pop! Hopefully most of them will be small, micro bubbles that will pop easily but either way the heat gun will take care of most of them!
Simply pass the heat gun over your molds on high and watch the bubbles pop. Make sure to use a heat gun for this and not a torch since a torch gets too hot and can melt the silicone of your mold.
Once you’ve gotten all the micro bubbles make sure to look closely at the entire snowflake. If there are any bubbles trapped in the arms of the snowflake or the loop of the ornament hook you can use a toothpick to coax them to the surface to be popped with your heat gun.
That darn loop at the top of the snowflake was the most stubborn for me… and tried to keep a couple bubbles that I wasn’t a fan of! Watch out for that sneaky little bugger… and then carefully set these snowflakes in a dry, clean, room temperature space to cure for 24 hours.
Step 4: De-mold your Snowflakes
Ready for the fun part? Taking these little snowflakes out of their molds!
Removing resin from a mold is pretty simple… just peel the silicone back and the resin will pop right out! However since these little molds have a few twists, turns and loops you might have to coax it at places. Just pull from the back, push from the front and if your snowflake isn’t 100% cured you might want to wait a minute… otherwise it will bend a little too much under all the movement.
Either way these little babies came out pretty easy (all things considered!) and all that was left was to hang them on my tree!
They went up on the rose gold tree in my living room and I absolutely love how they turned out.
Of course, I say that about all my projects so don’t take my word for it… take a look yourself!
Bonus Tip: In case you didn’t know resin is toxic. So while I love these on my Christmas tree I was very careful about how I put them on. I bought extra long hooks and used pliers to wrap the ends around the resin snowflakes a few times (so there’s no way they’ll slip off!) then I made sure to wrap the hooks around the branches several times as well. I wanted to make absolute sure that these snowflakes wouldn’t get bumped or pulled off the tree.
I also made sure not to put any on the lower branches of my tree… just in case! Basically I want to make absolute sure that there isn’t any chance of my dogs getting a hold of one of these snowflakes and using it as a chew toy or worse… an afternoon snack. If you have pets, children or anyone who likes to chew on random objects then be very vigilant about putting these ornaments on your tree in a safe and secure way.
They’re absolutely adorable, but they’re not worth a trip to the emergency room.